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Python Programming: A Concise Introduction

Wesleyan University via Coursera

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  • Provider Coursera
  • $ Cost Free Online Course (Audit)
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  • Language English
  • Certificate Paid Certificate Available
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  • Duration 4 weeks long

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The goal of the course is to introduce students to Python Version 3.x programming using hands on instruction. It will show how to install Python and use the Spyder IDE (Integrated Development Environment) for writing and debugging programs. The approach will be to present an example followed by a small exercise where the learner tries something similar to solidify a concept. At the end of each module there will be an exercise where the student is required to write simple programs and submit them for grading. It is intended for students with little or no programming background, although students with such a background should be able to move forward at their preferred pace.

The course is four modules long and is designed to be completed in four weeks.

Taught by

Bill Boyd

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3.7 Based on 6 reviews

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1.0 a year ago
Anonymous audited this course.
Poorly constructed course. Spent more time trying to get assignments uploaded in 'Autograder' than actually working in Python. Example is scripts that work in Spyder, PyScripter or other IDE, but would fail the Autograder with little to no reason why.

Suggest taking one of the other Python classes (Dr Severance Univ of Mich, for example) as they use modern, online Python Development Environments that allow for collaboration and feedback to let you really learn hows and whys.
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5.0 a year ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I thoroughly enjoyed the course, managed 100% and had not coded for over a decade.

Well constructed, does specifically what it sets out to do and is well explained. Do not try to upload all your assignment to autograder in one file. Upload problem by problem. A basic divide and conquer approach in programming.
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Bruce T
5.0 4 weeks ago
by Bruce audited this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I really enjoyed this course. I found the instructor clear and well-organised. The level of difficulty was perfect for me. I have never done a programming course before at any level but use a computer frequently and can write intermediate level HTML/CSS.

I can comfortably use Spyder and the iPython console after this course.

The autograder was easy to use if I just copied my code to a .py file and uploaded and submitted it one-file-at-time. It was also frustrating in that there were two occasions when my code worked fine locally but failed on the autograder. There must have been some problem with white space but, hey, I passed the week!

One huge benefit of the course for me is that it gave me all the tools I need to write a program for data entry into a csv file. This is something I have needed for a while. I wasn't expecting such immediate utility from a month-long beginner course.

Highly recommended.
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4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous audited this course.
I took this course for free and thought it was great. I didn't submit any of the assignments as the online system is too time consuming for submitted but instead completed them offline.

The introduction to Spyder IDE is much better than many of the other courses I took.

One area for improvement I would like to see is to have a better resolution screen capture. The one in the course is blurry when made full screen and a highlighted cursor would be nice too.
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4.0 a year ago
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